Express your interest - Ageing Well Community Connector
- The issue of loneliness, social isolation and increased risk of poor mental health in older adults has escalated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- There's been a strong shift in focus towards how people can better support social connections and networks of support.
- You can assist isolated older community members who need social, emotional or practical support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council is looking for active and friendly Cardinia Shire residents who are over 55, and who:
• can volunteer 2–5 hours each week over the next 12 months
• have basic computer skills
• hold a current driver’s license
• importantly, want to support their peers to get out and about.
Register your interest
Registrations close 5pm, Sunday 28 February.
To register your interest email email@example.com (please make your email subject: Registering interest in being an Ageing Well Community Connector)
In your email, please let us know why this opportunity interests you, and include your contact details.
More information: 1300 787 624
Cardinia Shire's Ageing Well newsletter
8 days of free public transport in March!
Senior Victorians and Carer Card holders are being encouraged to get back out there and enjoy Victoria!
- In line with public health advice, everyone on public transport is required to wear a fitted face mask, practise social distancing, good hygiene and follow health directions.
- Includes Melbourne trains, buses, trams, and regional V/Line trains
- Cardholders will need to carry their myki and Seniors card or Carer card and touch on and off as usual.
Forget Me Not Cafe - Dementia friendly cafe sessions in Koo Wee Rup and Pakenham
For info visit the 'Dementia-friendly communities' page
My Aged Care support services
- Getting some help at home can enable you to continue to live independently in your own home for as long as possible.
- If you’re finding it harder to do the things you used to, you can ask for some help at home. There are many types of care available, from long term to short term, to transition post-surgery care, to respite care.
- To find out about help that's available go to the My Aged Care website.
Get advice on the My Aged Care system
- You can access the My Aged Care Navigators Hub, usually based at the Outlook Community Centre in Pakenham, by calling the Council of the Ageing (COTA) head office.
- This information service is very helpful. It can assist you to maintain your independence living at home, providing support and advice on navigating the My Aged Care System. Call and arrange a phone appointment with a navigator. They will help you understand the My Aged Care information and how it can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
Activities, groups and events
We have 8 community centres that provide people of all ages and backgrounds with places to meet, share, exchange information and learn together in supportive, nurturing environments.
A wide range of activities and courses are offered. Find out what is available this term at your local centre.
- Beaconsfield Community Centre
Phone: 5944 3484
- Bunyip and District Community House
Phone: 0481 895 509
- Cockatoo Community House
Phone: 5968 9031
- Emerald Community House
Phone: 5968 3881
- Lang Lang Community Centre
- Outlook Community Centre
Phone: 5941 1535
- Pakenham Living and Learning
- Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre
Phone: 5944 3484
Social and interest groups
Cardinia Shire has many interest and social groups. View them in the directory below.
A range of Council and local community events can also be found in our online events calendar
Home library service
If you or someone you know is housebound or having difficulty getting to the library, give the Home Library Service team a call. They can arrange a home visit to discuss your eligibility and reading interests. You can have books delivered to your home and exchanged on a regular basis. All library volunteers are police checked. Of course you can visit your library service in Pakenham, Emerald and through the Mobile Library bus service.
The service offers
- large print books
- talking’ books
- short-term and long-term memberships
Ageing Well Strategy 2019 – 25
- Council has adopted the Ageing Well Strategy 2019-25.
- The strategy sets Council’s priorities over the next 5 years to support older residents to be healthy, active, stay socially connected and participate fully in the community.
- It was informed and developed through extensive consultation with older residents and the broader community along with community groups, service providers and state and federal government agencies.
Stan Henwood Award
Council’s Stan Henwood Award is presented each year to someone who has made a positive, long-term contribution to their community.
Visit the Stan Henwood Award page to nominate someone who has inspired you over the past year, or to find out more about the awards.
A proud Age Friendly City
- Cardinia Shire is proud to be an Age Friendly City, recognised by the World Health Organisation.
- An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by giving people opportunities to enjoy good health, participate in their community and feel secure and safe as they age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.
Age Friendly Alliance Team
The Age Friendly Alliance Team was formed in 2017 to assist Council with its vision to create an age-friendly shire. An age-friendly shire enables older people to live in security, maintain their health and participate fully in society. Making cities age-friendly is one of the most effective approaches for responding to demographic ageing (World Health Organisation, 2007).
- To provide a mechanism for Cardinia Shire Council to consult with community representatives around issues related to Ageing Well in Cardinia Shire
- Guides and informs Council on the implementation of the Cardinia Shire Ageing Well Strategy and Action Plan.
- To represent the needs of Cardinia Shire residents aged 55 years and over
- Provide a platform for older residents to have a voice and present their views to improve the health and wellbeing of older residents
- Provide insights and advice based on their own knowledge and experiences as older members of their various communities
- Act as Ambassadors for Ageing Well by actively promoting information, activities and issues relating to ageing in Cardinia Shire
- Assist Council with its vision to create an Age Friendly Cardinia Shire
- Be actively involved in the delivery of projects, as they relate to the work of Council’s Ageing Well team
- Assists with the development and distribution of the Ageing Well newsletter
Apply for seniors' accommodation
Funded personal alarms
If you are over 65, you may be eligible for a subsidised personal alarm. To enquire about this you can:
- contact Mecwacare for an assessment on 5945 0800
- speak to a community health nurse or occupational therapist
If you are under 65, contact Monash Health on 1300 342 273
Unfunded personal alarms
Many private providers offer medical monitoring services which you need to pay for.
Find a public toilet
Other support services for seniors
Speak one-on-one with a trained mental health professional. Completely confidential.
Phone: 1300 224 636
Get practical advice and support. Carers can get a wide range of help from counselling, peer support to respite care.
Phone: 1800 422 737
A not-for-profit organisation that represents the interests and rights of people aged 50+ in Victoria.
Phone: 1300 135 090
Seniors Rights Victoria
Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.
Phone: 1300 368 821